After graduating from the crime scene investigator course, Laura and Gerry escape for some quality time in Jamaica. As usual, things are not going according to Hoyle for Cookie the corpse magnet as another murder takes place. The victim was obnoxious and not widely admired by his fellow vacationers, but what did Donovan Mitchell do to deserve death?
Laura and Gerry Are At It Again, Mon!
I’ve come to like Laura over the past few books and see she’s evolved quite a bit in this book. Now happily married, she and Gerry are trying to start a family and decide Jamaica would be the perfect spot to begin their “preparations” but as you’ve already guessed, someone croaks. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers but there is a lot of action and intrigue that only a banton (storyteller) like Karen Vaughan can deliver. With shady characters, a voodoo priestess/con-artist and a raging a**hole, Jamaica Dead sends you deep into the criminal underworld while keeping you guessing as to what’s next.
There were several twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting and that attests to the author’s ability to weave a great mystery novel. Laura and Gerry are your typical Canadians, willing to help out in a pinch even if they’re not asked. This makes them loveable to the readers but annoying to the criminal element. They, particularly Laura, put their lives on the line and get in the cross hairs of a dangerous drug cartel to solve the murder of someone they didn’t even like. That’s so Canadian by the way! Anyway, I gave Jamaica Dead 5 stars yuh dun know (of course).